Exposing the Past of BBC 2.0
- Details of 946,614 BBC radio & TV programmes, dating back 75 years
- 503,193 subject categories, from Pig Farming to Pirate Radio
- 1,182,424 contributors, from Bruce Forsyth to Imelda Marcos
This is a gigantic searchable database – there aren’t any programmes themselves online.
Writing about it yesterday, project director Tom Loosemore says:
Note Tom Loosemore’s job title: “Project Director, BBC 2.0″.
It’s a terrific resource and, on a quick try, works well. For example, search for Charles Clarke (Home Secretary and a major part of very hot political news in the UK at the moment) and you’ll get a page with links to everything about him that the BBC has ever broadcast. The page also links to search results about him elsewhere on the BBC website and to a Wikipedia entry.
And as Tom Loosemore said, you can subscribe to a feed (Atom) of a search result so you can get updates as they’re added to the database. Very useful to complement other resources you use to track something you’re interested in.
Neville Hobson is the author of the popular NevilleHobson.com blog which focuses on business communication and technology.